Alabama

Auburn: White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx met with Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday and praised her for issuing a statewide mask mandate. Birx said she believes the order, which is set to expire Oct. 2, should be extended. “Within two weeks of the mask mandate, you can see the dramatic decline in cases here in Alabama,” Birx said. She said it is important for people to maintain their mitigation efforts in the fall. As Birx urged the extension of the mask order, a new lawsuit was filed challenging it. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Thursday announced a new federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the mask mandate and past state health orders that closed businesses or directed people to stay home. The lawsuit was filed by Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law on behalf of seven plaintiffs.

Alaska

Juneau: Alaska Native corporations are not eligible